Near west side tavern heavily damaged in early morning blaze

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Photo from scene of fire on September 11, 2019 courtesy of Indianapolis Fire Department

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A fire ripped through a bar on the near west side of Indianapolis overnight.

Fire crews were dispatched to Hi Neighbor Tavern at West 10th Street and Tibbs Avenue around 1:30 a.m. – just an hour after the bar closed for the night.

IFD crews had to battle the flames from the outside.

“They ended up having to pull everyone out. The fire got ahead of them they used aerial operations and they were able to extinguish the fire from the top,” IFD spokesperson Rita Reith said.

Investigators say the bulk of the fire was between the false ceiling on the interior and the exterior roof line.

They say more than likely it was caused by an electrical issue, but it’s still under investigation.

No one was in the building at the time, and no injuries were reported.

It’s an estimated $500,000 worth of damages.

This is the second significant incident to occur at the bar in recent years. On September 17, 2017, someone drove through the front of the bar around 3:15 p.m. The front of the building needed extensive repairs. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries in that incident either.

Customers are hopeful the owners will rebuild.

“It’s just a bar with a bunch of good people. I mean everyone has good souls here and they are like family,” customer Pam Jones said.

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